The Rise of Endymion
The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciple...more
It is metaphysical, sentimental, and definitely an epic romance..…moreI though the last book was the most satisfying. Will everyone catch that current? No.
It is metaphysical, sentimental, and definitely an epic romance... whereas Hyperion is about the love (or animosity) between parent and child, Endymion is about romantic love, that primal force that creates children in the first place. It's also about death. As much as I love books with philosophy, this one always rides the razor's edge of "too much".
Ultimately I think it succeeds. You may not. Of course, as a previous reader pointed out... she read this book when she was 24 and hated it.... she read it again at 42 when love had beaten the hell out of her and she realized she knew nothing about anything at 24, and it was the most profound reading experience of her life. That's how literature works though... some books only resonate when you are young, others hit harder as you get older. This is a book definitely geared towards readers who've gone through the hell of intense love and loss... who've gone through hell and come out the other side.
As someone who's been surrounded by death... who's been on life support for a month of my life, and deals with horrible pain, and who watched my most beloved struggle through cancer, well, this book freaking resonated like no other sci-fi I ever read.
Had I read this as a young man, I would have hated it! So I can definitely understand why it won't work for some. And even if you get older, maybe this book is just too far flung for you, doesn't ride the right current?
I personally love Dan Simmons writing, but no doubt he is similar to Cormac McCarthy and John Steinbeck -- two other writers who seem to take pleasure in vividly depicting the "hard bits of life" - certainly that style is not for everyone.
Also, what is the extend of your focal length? These books will be hard to handle for some, because the author is trying to imagine a distant future. Just think how people a thousand years ago would view our society right now... flying machines, computers... video conferencing. They would say "RIDICULOUS! STUPID! NONSENSICAL! NOTHING LIKE THAT COULD EVER EXIST!"
Our most complex thinkers are unable to conceive of the commonplace 500 years in the future. The job of the sci-fi writer is to "take a stab at it" -- and I think Simmons succeeds more than most.
For those people that don't want to let go of their current paradigm, and aren't interested in stretching their neural neurons to imagine things way out of the box of a far flung reality, and would rather sit here in the present like some cave man sitting in his own poo, railing about someone else's imagination of the impossible, or feeling particularly morally condescending... well, all I can say is --
There's the Harry Potter books and all myriad of knockoffs geared towards that mindset. Those books are very safe, very coddling and gentle, are awash in a vast ocean of current lukewarm pop culture puritanism (so as to not offend your sensibilities), and provide ample amounts of simple escapism,
You will be happier over there.
Not every book is for everyone. (less)
As I’ve reported in my previous reviews of this series there were times where it seemed as if my gray matter was going to be permanently fried by this epic sci-fi story. I finally got through to the end with most of my marbles still in the bag they came in.
It’s almost impossible to give a summary of this without spoiling the previous book so I’ll just say that Aenea and Raul Endymion continue their interstellar journey to fulfill her ultimate destiny as the powerful forces of a corrup ...more
The problems are legion. The book is overlong, with huge sections that just serve no legitimate purpose, such as Raul's time in the Temple Hanging in Air. Simmons' extends his work as much as he can to give it an "epic" feel, bu ...more
And precipices show untrodden green;
There is a budding morrow in midnight;
There's a triple sight in blindness keen...
I don't think I'll be able to review this one properly, and as it's the fourth and last book, I hardly think I'll be able to influence anyone to read the series or not either way.
So all I have to say is that I've really enjoyed this journey Dan Simmons has allowed me to go on, in the countless worlds of his Hyperion Cantos. This book ha ...more
Too much philosophizing. Too much useless description, too much exposition of the "science" behind why the characters were able to do what they did. The plot "twist," if it was meant to be one, was pretty damned obvious immediately.
Again, de Soya was much more compelling than any of the major characters, and he's relegated to an even less important role in this book. SO DISAPPOINTING. He may be one of my favorite characters ...more
I have to admit, I was skeptical for the first half of this book. It wasn't urination-inducing good like the first two and I actuall ...more
This review is for both Endymion, book 3 in the Hyperion Cantos tetrology and Rise of Endymion, which is book 4. If you have not read Books 1 and 2, take a look at my review here first. I was a big fan of Books 1 and 2, but I'm split right down the middle on Books 3 and 4. Book 3 was a thrilling sci fi adventure ride, but Book 4 drove me up a wall. Different kind of ride. The following review probably won't make much sense, or be worth reading, unless you are familiar with Books 1 and 2 or my pr ...more
These last two books read more like a duology than the third and fourth installations of a series. The Cantos is often discussed in PrintSF, my sci-fi books discussions online community. The second half of the series tend to be quite polarizing. Some people love it, ...more
So this shit right here is exactly why I read science fiction. It’s got EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY WANT. Well, these last two books have been lacking the humor of the first two, mostly because the foul-mouthed poet Martin Silenus was relegated to a background role, but he was there a little bit at the beginning of the last book and the beginning and end of this one, so there was a little bit of humor there. But seriously EVERY ...more
Hyperion I enjoyed. And for the rest of the series, the story, the characters, the drama-- everything just... declined.
When I read Hyperion, I had real investment in the characters-- making it through their quest alive (or not, but that's also a testament to how fantastic the story and character development were-- I had strong opinions about all of them), finding resolution, etc. By The Rise of Endymion, most of those characters ...more
Much like the first Endymion book this one mainly focused on telling the tale of Raul Endymion and his lover, the new Messiah, Aenea as they sought to expose the corruption of the Pax Church and to fight against the corruption of the Void Th ...more
An emotional and epic end to one of the best SF-series of all time (any top 10 SF list that is missing the Cantos is of no interest to me). Yet it stumbled over its own greatness in the end. Since the bar was set so incredibly high with the first Hyperion books I was expecting an ending that would blow me away - which it didn't.
The narration started good and instantly pulled me back into the flow with the very personal voyage of Endymion set against a space church plot invoking a galact ...more
IF you have not read Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, go here.
ELSE IF you have not read Endymion, go here.
ELSE IF you have read Endymion AND you didn’t like it, don’t read Rise of Endymion
ELSE IF you have read Endymion AND you did like it, do read Rise of Endymion
Basically, Rise of Endymion is much the same as Endymion, flawed but good, with the unfortunate addition ...more
This book starts out as a travelogue (and the places are even more otherworldly and evocative ...more
My heart is a little broken, a little golden gleaming happy. I have finished this, what might well be the best science fiction series I have ever read. And I do not say this lightly.
The more I think about it, the more I fall in love with what Dan Simmons did. He touched so many topics that I hold close to my heart. Painted scenes of such epic magnificence, that they are burned ...more
Well, all questions are answered, but no, not really. This was just way too much reading and time invested.
But, I do wish I could erase all memories of the first Hyperion novel and read it over again. It really was spectacular.
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book. I have experienced nearly every emotion possible whilst reading it. I have to say that I even cried on more than one occasion. These books have connected with me like nothing else has, or ever will.
As I have said in my other reviews of the previous books in the Cantos, the characters are one of the many highlights. Each character has their own personality, and ...more
• A concentrated dose of existential anxiety.
• Bright and heartwarming sadness.
• A strong ecological, religious and ethical message in a friggin' space opera.
• Evolutionary paradigms.
• Merging some 4 or 5 major sci-fi genres into one book.
• Lovable mains, interesting secondaries and terrific villains.
And despite "Cantos" easily making into my all-time top-3 sci-fi series, I cannot rate this book a 5*. I felt that Dan Simmons overdid by trying to merge d ...more
Rise of Endymion ties together all the events of of the earlier Hyperion sequence and Endymion, taking us deep into a very different galactic milieu dominated by a reinvigorated Catholic Church, in an epic struggle for supremacy with the genetically modified Ousters, super-powerful AIs with cryptic agendas, and a young girl named Aenea, who may be the Messiah of a new era, and her companion Raul Endymion. Aenea is the child of th ...more
Dan received his Master ...more